New Delhi, May 11: Indian Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations beginning May 12.
Initially, all air-conditioned services will start on 15 Rajdhani routes and the fare would be equivalent to that of the super fast train.
Special trains will run from New Delhi to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Central Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
Unlike Shramik Specials, where only 54 passengers were allowed on each coach instead of the regular 72, these trains will run at full capacity, but no fares are likely to be allowed.
Indian Railways will restart passenger train starting tomorrow: everything you need to know
- The reservation to book on these trains will start at 4 pm on May 11 and will be available only on the IRCTC website.
- Ticket reservation counters at railway stations will remain closed and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) will be issued.
- Booking of tickets through agents (both IRCTC and rail) is not allowed.
- These tickets would have “what to do and what not to do” details that passengers should follow, such as arriving at the station at least an hour in advance for the review.
- The use of masks and the Aarogya Setu mobile application are mandatory.
- Travelers will be required to cover their faces and undergo screening tests on departure, and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board trains.
- There would be no ‘tatkal’ and ‘premium tatkal’ accommodation provision.
- There will be very few stops during the trip.
- The ‘current reservation’ will not be allowed.
- Passengers traveling on these trains cannot receive blankets and bedding to reduce the chances of the coronavirus spreading.
- There will be special rules for air conditioning inside the coaches and temperatures will be kept a little higher than usual and maximum fresh air supply will be guaranteed.